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A simple method to reduce discharge of sewage microorganisms from an Antarctic research station

Hughes, Kevin A.; Blenkharn, Nigel. 2003 A simple method to reduce discharge of sewage microorganisms from an Antarctic research station. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 46 (3). 353-357. 10.1016/S0025-326X(02)00224-2

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Abstract/Summary

The majority of coastal Antarctic stations release untreated sewage into the near-shore marine environment. This study examined bacterial reproduction within the temporary sewage-holding tanks of Rothera Research Station (Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula) and monitored sewage pollution in the local marine environment. By continuously flushing the sewage-holding tanks with cold seawater we inhibited microbial reproduction and decreased the numbers of bacteria subsequently released into the sea by >90%. The widespread use of this simplemethod could significantly reduce the numbers of faecal coliform and other non-native microorganisms introduced into the Antarctic marine environment

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0025-326X(02)00224-2
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Life at the Edge - Stresses and Thresholds
ISSN: 0025-326X
Additional Keywords: Antarctica, Coliforms, Faecal pollution, Seawater, Sewage outfall
Date made live: 12 Apr 2012 08:13
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17663

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